Using Win 11 volume license image/ISO/key on Win 10 devices while upgrade is free?

We've always purchased devices that come with Win 10 Pro installed, and used the corresponding Win 10 Pro volume license ISO & key to reimage the device. Now that the upgrade from Win 10 to 11 is free, can we image these same devices with the Win 11 pro image? It seems silly that we would need to image it with our existing windows 10 image and then manually initiate the upgrade to 11 after that, but I'm striking out on finding a concrete answer to this?

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Posted by: Unsullied 1 year ago
Senior White Belt

You can create a new Win 11 golden image, capture it to the SDA & re-deploy it to the client machines as an image refresh as it will bypass the Win 11 pre-requisite checks (TPM & CPU requirements).
However if you intend to not intervene, you might want to consider setting up Windows Update for Business for seamless in-place upgrade provided your endpoints complies with all the pre-checks.

Regarding the license key, according to this you may use a win 10 license on a win 11 image. The machines in my environment has an OEM bios windows 10 key and they are still able to be activated on windows 11.

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